Constitutional Court and Civil Society in Constitutional Governance: South Korea and Taiwan in Comparison

Courts and civil society are indispensable elements for the development of
democratic constitutionalism. The functions that courts and civil society may provide
for constitutional governance, and most importantly, the interactions between courts
and civil society, have recently attracted attention from comparative constitutional
studies. This research is aimed at understanding the ways that courts and civil society in both South Korea and Taiwan have functioned and how their performances may have impacted constitutional governance.
Specifically, this research is focused on how the constitutional court and civil society
in South Korea and Taiwan have placed their checks with the government and
whether the constitutional court and civil society have –or have not– collaborated with
each other, and what have been the perceptions of each other’s functions and the
relationships between them.